Demo and Excavation Costs

Demo and Excavation Costs For A New Home By Ryan Siebert Before I was a home builder one of my favorite quotes was something along the lines of, “You can’t build the Sears Tower without first building a strong foundation.”  Unfortunately I was dead wrong with that idea. Before you can pour your foundation you […]

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Role Identification

Know Your Role By Ryan Siebert I tend to make my blog posts about what is going on in my life.  When I talk about ways to keep your builder accountable, it is usually because I am having a hard time with my contractors or project managers being accountable for their actions.  When I write […]

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Tips from a Kitchen Designer

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Colette Rodon Hornof – Vesta of Hearth and Home

Do you know what design that you want for your kitchen?  With custom home building the kitchen is often the most important room in your entire house.  Before you make the decision for design options on your kitchen take time to listen to this podcast.  Picking out appliances is just the start of your kitchen.  Designing your kitchen involves understanding your needs, your scope of use, your entertainment value, and then you need to decide what style you prefer.  This is all before you start picking out the hardware.  Colette Rodon Hornof of Vesta of Hearth and Home brings 26 years of kitchen design knowledge to this episode.  Buckle up and get your kitchen design ready!



Your Lender is Your Advisor, NOT an ATM

Chad Lubben – Peoples Home Equity

On this episode of Secrets of Homebuilders Pat Cardoni interviews Chad Lubben from Peoples Home Equity and discusses the true role of your lender in the custom construction transaction.  It is often the lender that holds your transaction together.  However, you want a lender that can talk some sense into you vs letting you build a home that you really cannot afford.  Find someone that is your friend, but that can sit you down and talk to you like an advisor, even if that means popping your dream of the perfect house into pieces.  Custom home building may seem like the right thing to do, until you review your financials and realize you need a few more years to save up.


Lessons from Your Father – Be Willing to Change

Embrace Change By Ryan Siebert Change is hard for most of us in life and when it comes to business we often avoid it like the plague.  Recently my father came to visit, apparently family likes to visit when you have a kid.  We struck up a conversation about the changes he has made in […]

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SOH – Episode 5 – Appraisal Me This

Appraisers Hold the Key to Your Dream Home

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On this episode of Secrets of Homebuilders Terry Pope of Citywide Real Estate Services talks with Pat Cardoni about the thought process and homework that appraisers need to put in to develop their opinion of value.

You may or may not know it, but the appraiser that you work with holds the results of your custom homebuilding or remodeling dreams in the palm of their hands.  They could care less if you have spent countless hours dreaming about the home or working with your architect or even in down payment money.  The bottom line is their job and role in your custom home building transaction is to develop an unbiased opinion of value.  Often their opinion may seem conservative, and it may not be what you like, but that is because you are letting your emotions get to you.  Don’t be that guy!